New Delhi, June 15: A total of 26 flights have been cancelled at Chandigarh airport on Friday, owing to low visibility due to dust. As per a report, the cancelled flights include 7 flights of IndiGo, 8 Jet Airways flights, 1 Vistara flight, 1 AirAsia flight, 1 SpiceJet flight, 3 GoAir flights and 5 Air India flights. The Met office has said the situation is likely improve late Friday night when there are chances of rainfall.

Speaking to IANS, an official at the Chandigarh International Airport said, “All flights remained grounded due to poor viability.” He said all passengers bound for Dubai were transferred to Delhi from Chandigarh via road.

Local Met office director Surinder Paul said that western disturbances were approaching the region which will bring rains either on Friday night or Saturday morning and help improve the situation. The dust will settle down after the rainfall, he added.

Earlier on Thursday, the weather department had said that a ground-level dust storm in Rajasthan, with wind speeds up to 40 kmph, had led to a spike in the levels of coarse particles in the air in most parts of Haryana and Punjab, including Chandigarh.

Director of Chandigarh’s MeT Department Surinder Paul told PTI that a western disturbance approaching the region was likely to clear the air.

“A western disturbance is approaching the region and the dusty weather should dissipate by tomorrow afternoon,” Paul said.

Severe heat wave conditions have prevailed in most parts of Punjab and Haryana for the last few days. The dusty weather brought down the temperature a few notches.